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Apple Watch helps save teen's life, alerts him of abnormal heart rate

09/22, 1:43pm

Senior football player gets phone call from Apple CEO, summer internship

Although Apple has emphasized the functionality of the M8 motion co-processor found in the iPhone and the sensors embedded in the Apple Watch as inspiring and useful in helping users maintain or improve their health and fitness, the device can also -- literally -- save lives. For evidence, ask 17-year-old Paul Houle Jr., a football player who discovered an abnormally high heart rate after practice, and ended up at the hospital with heart, liver, and kidney failure.


Canon unveils camera sensor with 250MP resolution

09/07, 7:41am

High-resolution 250MP sensor has surveillance, industrial applications

Canon has revealed it is continuing to work on higher resolution sensors, and has topped the 120-megapixel sensor it showed off in mid-2010 by unveiling a more recently developed unit with a 250-megapixel resolution. The APS-H sensor, capable of creating a photograph with a resolution of 19,580x12,600, is claimed to have the world's highest number of pixels in a CMOS sensor smaller than a 35mm full-frame sensor.


Sony adds image plane phase detection AF to Exmor RS image sensor

11/17, 6:57am

New 21MP Exmor RS sensor adds HDR still images, faster focus on moving objects

Sony has unveiled a new model in its Exmor RS imaging sensor range for smartphones and tablets. The Exmor RS IMX230 module is a 21-megapixel model similar in size to those used in the Xperia Z2 and Z3 ranges, but it is claimed to be the first CMOS sensor for smartphones to have onboard image plane phase detection autofocus signal processing, allowing for quicker focusing on fast-moving objects.


Microsoft to put standalone Kinect for Xbox One on sale in October

08/27, 8:05pm

Kinect costs more than bundle price reduction, will come with Dance Central Spotlight

Since the release of the Xbox One, Microsoft has experienced a rough relationship with consumers due in part to the Kinect. When the company ditched the sensor and dropped the price of the console by $100, sales were said to have doubled with the new the $400 sensor-less console option in place. However, now Microsoft says that it's seeing a demand for the Kinect. On a post on Xbox Wire today, the company said it would begin offering a standalone Kinect unit on October 7.


Sony curved CMOS image sensor boasts higher light sensitivity

06/13, 4:15pm

Curved image sensor still in development, mimics human eye

Sony has shown off a new style of camera sensor for the first time, one that has a curved surface. The unnamed curved CMOS sensor is said to offer a number of benefits when compared to normal, flat sensors used in modern cameras, with engineers claiming it to be 1.4 times more sensitive to light than flat equivalents at the center of the sensor, and twice as sensitive at the edges.


Archos reveals home automation, wearable devices for CES 2014

12/30, 2:13pm

Smart Home Tablet to act as central location for connected device interaction

Archos has outlined the range of devices it is preparing for CES next week, including a number of wearable items and some destined for use in the home. A smartwatch and a fitness tracker will be accompanied by a set of "connected objects" centered around home automation, and a separate 7-inch "Home Gateway" Android tablet that will act as a central hub for the collection.


Toshiba plans mobile camera sensor with post-shot focusing

12/27, 6:44am

Camera module to allow images with all subjects in focus

Toshiba is working on a camera sensor for mobile devices for post-shot image focusing, potentially allowing viewers to change the focus of a photograph while it is being viewed. . The camera module can apparently take images similar to the Lytro light field camera, but shrinks down the process from Lytro's 4-inch camera to a sensor a cubic centimeter in size.


Toshiba creates 20-megapixel sensor for compact cameras

12/27, 5:14am

Set to begin mass production in August 2013

Toshiba has shown off a new backlit 20-megapixel sensor aimed at compact cameras, a month after revealing a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor for smartphones. The TCM5115CL BSI CMOS sensor, in the 1 /2.3-inch form factor, gives a 4-megapixel upgrade to the 16-megapixel glass ceiling of compact cameras, and is claimed by the company to have the highest resolution in the optical format in the industry.


Aptina commences production on 8MP backlit CMOS sensors

12/21, 10:03am

New image sensors create oversampled 6MP video at 60fps

Camera sensor manufacturer Aptina has started production on two 8-megapixel sensors designed for high-speed video. The AR0835 and AR0835HS are both backlit CMOS image sensors capable of recording at 60 frames per second using a full-width 16:9 HD video window, while also allowing for 6-megapixel still images to be taken without interrupting the video recording.


Aptina demonstrates 1-inch 10MP sensor to manufacturers

09/23, 10:30am

Sensor capable of 10MP resolution video at 60fps

Aptina Imaging is preparing to supply 1-inch image sensors to manufacturers. The AR1011HS digital camera image sensor has a resolution of 10 megapixels, a pixel pitch of 3.4 microns, and can record broadcast quality quad HD video, which makes the sensor potentially attractive to Tier-1 OEMs for bridge and mirrorless cameras.


Harry Potter inspires self-writing blood test paper

05/02, 2:00pm

Harry Potter inspires blood test paper that prints itself

A self-writing book from Harry Potter inspired researchers to make paper which prints your blood type. A Monash University team in Australia, which published their findings in Angewandte Chemie, made a square-inch sized paper-based sensor that has been tested to achieve the same accuracy as existing blood-identification methods, but is cheaper, easier, and faster to use.


iPhone 3G's second proximity sensor revealed

06/13, 5:05am

3G iPhone proximity sensor

In April, specifications were allegedly leaked from Hon Hai/Foxconn offering users a glimpse of the then-unreleased 3G iPhone, showing a third sensor, which has now been confirmed. iLounge writes that the 3G iPhone features an ambient light sensor, as with the previous model, but also two proximity sensors, which sources indicate is to improve face-detection functionality. The original device reportedly had issues dimming the screen when a phone call was answered using the handset.



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